Shitsugen Wetland National Park

Japan’s largest wetland and marsh habitat, this park is a famous spot in Eastern Hokkaido, known for its Japanese cranes. The cranes are most easily seen in winter as they gather at feeding sites. I visited in September and only managed to catch two cranes from afar.

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Only managed to catch two cranes from afar

 

Nusumai Bridge / Fisherman’s Wharf MOO

Near Kushiro port, Fisherman’s Wharf MOO (which stands for Marine Our Oasis) is within walking distance from Nusumai Bridge. The huge complex has a variety of stalls and is known for its fresh produce and dairy products. As I wanted to catch the sunrise (but was late), the building was not yet opened, and I missed the chance for a sumptuous fresh seafood breakfast.

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Nusumai Bridge after the sunrise
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A huge Fisherman’s Wharf MOO complex

 

Washo Market

With over 60 shops, I wanted to visit the historic Washo Market to try its famous dish katte don. First purchase a bowl of rice, then walk down the rows of shops to select your favourite seafood toppings. Sadly I did not manage to eat it, and the below picture shows it all. I landed up at the smaller Kushiro Tanchou Market opposite. There was plenty of fruits, vegetables, seafood, and dried food as well.

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Closed Washo Market
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Smaller market opposite
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Fruits
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Crabs
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Look at all the crab products!
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